As we frequently mention, the zombie apocalypse is not a matter of if, but when, and we’re doing our best to be sure you beloved Dread Central readers are prepared to deal with it. It’s a simple case of the 6 P’s: Preparation and Planning Prevent Piss-Poor Performance. And when the shit goes down, that preparation is going to decide who’s gonna survive and who’s gonna be dead… or in this case undead. One great way to prepare is with Run for Your Lives 5Ks.
As Columbus told us in Zombieland, the first rule is cardio, and what better way to build up that endurance than participating in a 5K run that’s already crawling with zombies? Although these undead are more the thespian type and less likely to engorge themselves on your brain matter, the possibility is still there. And the experience is much like the true zombie takeover. Undead beasties snatching at you, obstacles, wildly running just to save your ass as your lungs burn and blood-thirsty hordes nip at your heels. Sounds like a great time.
If this is the kind of thing you’re into, you’re in luck! Initially the Run For Your Lives 5K run was held in only one location; now the disease has spread, and these thing are cropping up all over the US. Here’s the current schedule:
Atlanta – March 3
Boston – May 5
Minneapolis – June 2
Indianapolis – June 23
Denver – July 14
Seattle/Portland – Aug. 4
St. Louis – Aug. 18
Pittsburgh – Sept. 1
Toronto – Sept. 15
San Diego/Los Angeles – Oct. 20
Baltimore – Oct. 27
Austin – Dec. 15
And if you don’t think you could make the whole 5K, or running for fun doesn’t sound appealing to you, there’s still plenty of stuff to do at the events. Check out the Run for Your Lives website. This is a truly unique good time.
From the Press Release
Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run for Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts awesome.
Runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer!
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